Bamboo and rattan furniture Gabriella Crespi by Gubi
Gabriella Crespi rattan furniture is relaunched by Gubi
Gubi Unveils Gabriella Crespi’s ‘Bohemian 72’ Rattan Furniture Collection, Celebrating the Late Designer’s Ability to Create Sophisticated Furniture with Humble Natural Materials
Danish furniture company Gubi pays tribute to Gabriella Crespi on what would have been the late designer’s 100th birthday (February 17, 2022), with the re-release of a furniture collection first designed in the 1980s. 1970. Baptized “Bohemian 72”, the collection of rattan garden furniture embodies Crespi’s vision for a refined and relaxed lifestyle, and proves the modernity of the designer 50 years after its creation.
The pieces, consisting of a chaise longue, a three-seater sofa, a pouf and a floor lamp, were designed by Crespi for private clients and were never put into production or made available public. Together, the designs speak to his fascination with the cultures and philosophies of the Far East, and his interest in using natural and humble materials in a sophisticated setting. The designs were born on Crespi’s terrace on a summer day and were part of a larger series of bamboo and rattan furniture.
Lounge chair, from $2,999
This is the first time that Gubi presents the creations of Crespi, which join a portfolio of design reissues by some of the most famous names of the past, from mirrors by Gio Ponti to lighting by Greta Magnusson Grossman and furniture by Pierre Paulin, as well as works by today’s leading designers, including Gam Fratesi and Space Copenhagen.
“Gabriella Crespi had an immense talent for navigating between indoors and outdoors and never letting anything block the light and air flowing through her own home,” comments Gubi Marketing Director Marie Kristine Schmidt. “It is our pride and privilege to bring the work of such a design icon into production for more people to enjoy.”
Floor lamp, $1,299
While rattan was a popular material for furniture in the 1970s, Crespi’s idea of creating a modular design by repeating coiled vines was innovative for the time, and the reissue of the pieces 50 years after their creation proves its ability to create timeless works. The collection is also part of Crespi’s ambition to create what it calls “the house of the sun”, an environment combining warmth and sophistication.
“I couldn’t resist doing it with rattan and bamboo, materials that I really like and that combine strength and flexibility, the warmth of soft tones and the ability to be crossed by light,” said Crespi from the collection. “Very long rays give a feeling of infinity and indeterminacy, much like thickets of cane rising skyward do in nature. §